The Gujarat fisheries commissioner has sent five officials to Punjab to make arrangements for the safe return of 100 fishermen released by Pakistan, an official said on Tuesday. On Monday, the fishermen crossed over to India through the Attari-Wagah border after the Pakistan government released them from jail as a goodwill gesture.
All of them entered India on the basis of 'emergency travel certificate' issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, officials earlier said. The fishermen were arrested when their boats strayed into the Pakistani waters in the Arabian sea off Jakhau coast in Gujarat's Kutch district.
Guajrat fisheries deputy director K R Patni that PTI that five officials from the state left for Punjab on Monday to taken custody of the fishermen. He said the fishermen are expected to board a Mumbai-bound from Amritsar in Punjab on Wednesday and reach Vadodara in Gujarat on Thursday night.
The fishermen would then be taken to Veraval in the state's Gir Somnath district by road to reunite them with their families on Friday, he added..
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